Halifax Chamber of Commerce appoints first African-Nova Scotian chair in 268 years


Cynthia Dorrington is blazing a trail as the first African-Nova Scotian to chair the board of the 268-year-old Halifax Chamber of Commerce.

The business advocacy organization has 1,600 members that represent over 65,000 employees.

“This is significant because we as indigenous blacks … have been in commerce for years,” Dorrington said, noting blacks can trace their African roots back over 400 years in Nova Scotia.

Bringing a different lens

As a black woman, Dorrington said she has a different view of business and how to engage in business within Halifax.

“What I bring to the table is my experiences, my thoughts on how we can be better at doing business with marginalized groups or under-represented groups,” she said.

“At the same time, I’m making sure that we start developing as a city and…

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